Belmont Stakes Contenders: Mindframe

The 156th Belmont Stakes (G1) is set for Saturday, June 8, at Saratoga Race Course. The 1 ¼-mile race, shortened from 1 ½ miles due to the change of venue as the Belmont Park rebuild continues, is the final leg of the Triple Crown. 

Among the contenders is Mindframe, trained by Todd Pletcher, who has a strong history with the Belmont Stakes.

Mindframe, a dark bay son of Constitution, has shown impressive talent in his short career. He lit up Gulfstream Park on March 30 with a 13 ¾-length maiden score, earning a 108 Equibase speed figure. 

He followed that up with a 7 ½-length win in an allowance on Derby Day at Churchill Downs. Despite never having run in a stakes race, his performance suggests he has the potential to compete at the highest level.

 

Betting Landscape

For those planning to bet on horses, Mindframe presents intriguing Belmont Stakes odds at 7-2. His two victories have demonstrated his speed and ability to dominate his competition. 

Trainer Todd Pletcher is optimistic about Mindframe’s chances, noting that it’s always great to enter big races with horses in top form.

Mindframe’s performances in graded stakes will be closely watched, as this will be his first test at this level. Pletcher acknowledges the challenge, stating that while Mindframe has shown enormous talent, he lacks the experience of his competitors. However, his speed figures indicate he can compete with the best of his class.

 Mindframe has been training well, most recently covering a half-mile in 50.26 on June 1 at Saratoga’s training track.

 

Race Details

– Post Position: 10Belmont Stakes Contender Mindframe

– Odds: 7-2

– Jockey: Irad Ortiz, Jr.

– Trainer: Todd Pletcher

– Owners: Repole Stable and St. Elias Stables

– Career Record: 2-2-0-0

– Career Earnings: $87,360

– Most Recent Race: Churchill Downs allowance, May 4 (1st)

– Top Equibase Speed Figure: 108

– Pedigree: Constitution – Walk of Stars, by Street Sense

– Color: Dark Bay

– Running Style: Front-runner

 

Mindframe was acquired for $600,000 at the Keeneland September yearling sale by Mike Repole and Vinnie Viola of St. Elias Stables. Pletcher, a Hall of Fame trainer with four Belmont Stakes victories, believes in Mindframe’s potential to surprise despite his inexperience. His optimistic outlook and strategic training could see Mindframe rise to the occasion.

Mindframe stands out as a contender with significant potential. His impressive wins and strong speed figures make him a noteworthy horse to watch. This stallion could make a surprising impact in this year’s final leg of the Triple Crown. 

 

2024 Belmont Stakes Odds and Contenders
PPHorseJockeyTrainerOwnerOdds
1Seize The GreyJaime TorresD. Wayne LukasMyRacehorse8-1
2ResilienceJunior AlvaradoBill MottEmily Bushnell & Ric Waldman10-1
3Mystik DanBrian Hernandez, Jr.Kenneth McPeekLance Gasaway, 4 G Racing LLC & Daniel Hamby III5-1
4The Wine StewardManny FrancoMike MakerParadise Farms Corp. and Staudacher, David15-1
5AntiquarianJohn VelazquezTodd PletcherCentennial Farms12-1
6DornochLuis SaezDanny GarganWest Paces Racing LLC, R. A. Hill Stable, Belmar Racing and Breeding LLC,   Two Eight Racing LLC & Pine Racing Stable15-1
7ProtectiveTyler GaffalioneTodd PletcherRepole Stable20-1
8Honor MarieFlorent GerouxWhit BeckmanRibble Farms LLC12-1
9Sierra LeoneFlavien PratChad BrownMagnier, Mrs. John, Tabor, Michael B., Smith, Derrick, Westerberg, Rocket   Ship Racing, LLC and Brant, Peter M.9-5
10MindframeIrad Ortiz, Jr.Todd PletcherRepole Stable and St. Elias Stables LLC7-2